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Officials warn of rapidly spreading virus

June 30, 2011
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SMITHTOWN, NY — A cluster of whooping cough on Long Island is growing, causing officials to warn the public to be cautious, according to CBSNY.

As Long Island children head to summer camps, a known breeding ground for pertussis, parents are told to be cautious, the article stated.

According to the article, around 40 people in Suffolk County have been diagnosed with the illness.
Doctors are encouraging parents to make sure their children''s immunizations are up-to-date, the article noted.

"It has the potential to have some serious consequences, and so if it serves to remind people to get vaccinated, then that''s the good part that comes out of it," Dr. Softness said.

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